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Cooper: Plan, not performance, determines starting goalie



Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the start tonight against the Senators, his second of the season.

Coach Jon Cooper said it's just part of the plan to get Vasilevskiy more playing time, and nothing to do with the performance of starter Ben Bishop, who has allowed 11 goals in three games, including four apiece in two.

"In the time I've been here, I don't think I've ever sat here and said, 'This goalie is playing this way' and I decide not to play him," Cooper said. "Over time the last couple years with Vasy, we've tried to slowly put him in. We're trying to get him minimum one game a week and this is the game."

Cooper said the Lightning's goaltending has been "great," noting how unlucky the team has been with bad bounces and deflections, including a weird carom off the zamboni door in Colorado's fourth goal Thursday. "I've never seen anything like this," Cooper said. "Look at three-quarters of the goals against us have touched us last before going into the net."

Cooper has said ideally Bishop would make 50-plus starts this season, Vasilevskiy around 30.


[Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2016 3:56pm]


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